Bone's Hockeyroos going for gold

EDWINA Bone and the Hockeyroos will play for World League Finals gold on Monday after comprehensively beating England in the tournament's semi-final 3-nil on Saturday.

Locking horns in a match dubbed hockey's version of the Ashes, Hockeyroos stars Jodie Shultz, Georgie Parker and Karri McMahon scored goals in a 10 minute period either side of half-time to secure the victory and a shot at glory.

Again starting the match in the Australian side's defence, Orange's Bone is in the midst of her first major international tournament and before departing for Argentina labelled the opportunity to tour with the Hockeyroos at the 2013 World League as a dream come true.

Coach Adam Commens called the three goal win over England "very satisfying." 

"We were really clinical and it was probably our best performance of the tournament," he added.

"We played well; the girls stuck to our game plan and made good decisions, both on and off the ball." 

Australia dominated from the outset and found themselves denied a much greater margin of victory by English goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who thwarted, amongst others, Ashleigh Nelson on three first-half occasions.

Australia's women have reached the final in each of their last three major competitions, emerging as the winners of the Oceania Cup, Investec World League semi-final tournament and Champions Challenge. 

"It's important to play in finals hockey and the World League final will be another challenge," Commens said.

"This is our fourth final in the last four tournaments and is good preparation for next year's World Cup."

A flurry of green and yellow cards left the Hockeyroos with ten players at times late in the contest and there was some concern for Victorian Claire Messent who left the field with a bleeding nose late on but Australia marched on to claim their place in the final.

The final, against either Olympic Champions the Netherlands or World Champs and Olympic silver medallists Argentina, will take place at 11am Australian Eastern Daylight saving Time.

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